Men's Hockey Downs Southern Maine 7-2 On Senior Day

Men's Hockey Downs Southern Maine 7-2 On Senior Day

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston men's hockey erupted for four goals in the final stanza, to cruise to a 7-2 win over the University of Southern Maine on Senior Day at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 7, University of Southern Maine 2

(UMass Boston 16-9, NEHC 11-7)

(Southern Maine 3-18-4, NEHC 3-12-3)

HOW IT HAPPENED

After a tense first 40 minutes, UMass Boston scored two goals in the opening 3:13 of the third and lone senior Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) struck for two late goals, to turn the game into a laugher.

Larkin set the program record for games played Saturday by dressing in his 109th game as a Beacon. He made it a memorable one, with two goals, one assist, a team-high 10 shots and an 8-14 showing in the face-off dot.

Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) netted two goals for the second-straight day and tied Larkin with a team-best three points.

Juniors John Regnart (Anchorage, Alaska) and Garrett Gallagher (Aston, Pa.) and sophomore Cody Wickline (Flower Mound, Texas) accounted for the other three Beacons goals on the afternoon. 

Sophomore goalie Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 22 saves on 24 shots to earn his second-straight win and 15th of the season. 

Southern Maine freshman goalie Anthony D'Aloisio was charged with allowing seven goals for the second-straight day. D'Aloisio made 37 saves on 44 shots in the loss. 

Alex Panatalone and Brendan Murphy each scored for the visitors, who suffered their ninth-straight loss to close out the regular season.

UMass Boston came out on fire to open the first period and struck for two goals in a 19-second span to open the scoring. 

Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) found Gallagher at the blue line and Gallagher roofed a shot just under the bar to make it 1-0 at 8:34.

The Beacons doubled their lead at 8:53 on a perfectly-executed 2-on-1. Tyler Sifferlen's (North Andover, Mass.) shot was kicked aside, but the rebound fell directly in Wickline's path and he easily scored for a 2-0 lead.

Southern Maine took away some of the Beacons' momentum with 2:19 left in the period. With the Beacons already failing to score on a 5-on-3, Brett Norman forced a turnover in the Beacons' defensive zone and left a pass for a wide-open Murphy for a short-handed tally.

The Beacons pushed their lead back to two at 3:56 of the second. Larkin and Redler traded passes on the power play, before Larkin sent a pass down low for a Redler one-timer to make it a 3-1 game.

Southern Maine cut the deficit back to 3-2 with a power-play goal of their own. The Huskies moved the puck around the edges, before Jonathan Bartuccio-Pereira blasted a slapshot from the top of the circle. MacBurnie made the initial save, but Pantalone tipped home the rebound to make it 3-2 at 10:03.

Neither side could find a way to score before the second intermission, setting up a potential thrilling finish.

Redler took away some of the drama with a goal just 39 seconds into the third. Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) skated into the zone and sent a beautiful backhand feed in front to Redler, who skated past D'Aloisio and deposited the puck into an empty net for a 4-2 lead. 

UMass Boston stretched their lead to three with a goal at 3:13. Bryan Carter (Hudson, Mass.) found Regnart all alone at the top of the slot and Regnart knifed a shot past the Southern Maine goalie for a 5-2 advantage. 

The Beacons put the game away for a good with a power-play goal at 10:08. Nick Albano's (Beverly, Mass.) shot from the point got slowed down on the way towards goal and Larkin redirected it past D'Aloisio for a 6-2 lead.

Larkin capped off his final regular-season game with a tally at 18:10. Gallagher found a wide-open Evan Heldt (Sylvania, Ohio) at the far point and Heldt blasted a shot towards net. D'Aloisio managed to stop the initial shot, but the rebound fell to a wide-open Larkin who shoveled it in for the final 7-2 scoreline.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston outshot the Huskies 44-24 and earned a 42-36 edge in face-offs.
  • The Beacons went 2-4 on the man-advantage and held Southern Maine to a 1-2 showing.
  • With the win, UMass Boston took the season-series 2-1 and improves to 17-19-1 all-time against the Huskies.
  • Larkin closes out the regular-season with a career-high 22 goals and 43 points. He has recorded 62 goals and 83 assists for 145 career points. With his assist today, Larkin moved into third-place all-time in program history in career assists.
  • MacBurnie became only the third goalie in program history to win 15 or more games in a single-season. He joins Zach Andrews ('16) and Billy Faust ('16) who won 17 and 16 games respectively.
  • Bross is just the second player in the current millennium to reach the 30 assist mark in a single-season.

WHO'S NEXT

Fourth-seeded UMass Boston will host fifth-seeded New England College on Saturday February 10 at 7 p.m. in the New England Hockey Conference Quarterfinals. The Beacons went 2-1 against the Pilgrims in the regular season, including a 4-2 win over New England College on Friday night.